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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

South Central Enforcement

"The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to vigorously enforce our nation's environmental laws," said EPA, Region 6, Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division Director, John Blevins. "In close partnership with our State, Tribal, and local partners, Region 6 efforts continue to move us towards our ultimate goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for all communities."

Our vision is to make environmental compliance commonplace to achieve clean air, water, and land.

Our mission is to protect and sustain human health and the environment by ensuring compliance with Federal environmental laws in partnership with our States and Tribes.

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Inspections, Enforcement and NEPA Actions in Region 6

2014—2016 National Enforcement Initiatives

  1. Reducing Air Pollution from the Largest Sources
  2. Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters
  3. Cutting Hazardous Air Pollutants
  4. Preventing Animal Waste from Contaminating Surface and Ground Water
  5. Assuring Energy Extraction Activities Comply with Environmental Laws
  6. Reducing Pollution from Mineral Processing Operations

CAED Accomplishments




2014 Regional Priorities

Air Enforcement
- Develop Transparent and Real Time Enforcement to Address Air Releases (upsets and malfunctions)
- Work with local industry to reduce flaring

Hazardous Waste Enforcement
- Ensure Appropriate and Safe Waste Management
- Ensure Hazardous Waste Treatment Facilities are Permitted

Water Enforcement
- Ensure Proper Managing of Brine Spills from Oil & Gas Operations
- Ensure Everyone's Water is Safe to Drink

CAED In the News and Other Actions

Consent Agreement and Final Order for Dril-Quip Inc., Houston, TX: On August 26, 2014, a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) was issued to Dril-Quip to resolve RCRA violations discovered during the review of data from Dril-Quip’s hazardous waste activities.  The data revealed that on several occasions, Dril-Quip generated quantities of waste that triggered the large quantity generator requirements, and during those periods, Dril-Quip continued to notify and operate as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator.  Dril-Quip was identified based on strategic targeting efforts.  The CAFO requires the payment of $94,900 and compliance with RCRA regulations. 

Region 6 News Releases

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Si usted necesita más información en español, por favor contacte a la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA) Region 6,  División de Relaciones Exteriores al teléfono 214.665.2200 o si usted se encuentra en AR, LA, NM, OK, ó TX por favor llamar al teléfono 1-800-887-6063

Office of Planning and Coordination this office performs analyses to support compliance and enforcement activities in the South Central Region; environmental assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act and more.

Air/Toxics Enforcement works with state, local and tribal governments, other federal agencies, businesses and community groups to implement and enforce the Clean Air Act regulations.

Hazardous Waste Enforcement provides guidance on all aspects of managing hazardous wastes and chemical substances; and assures compliance with the regulations set forth for treating, storing and disposal of hazardous wastes including federal facilities.

Water Enforcement assures compliance and takes appropriate enforcement action against facilities for violations of the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water acts, including concentrated animal feed lots and stormwater. Water permits, grants and additional water quality information in the South Central area can be found in this link.

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